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Tunisia: Olive groves


Tunisia is situated in the Northeast point of the African Continent. It bounds with Sicily both oriental and western ponds of the Mediterranean Sea. The Tunisian territory presents a landscape differentiated from north to south.


Tunisia enjoys a Mediterranean climate in the North and along its coast. The regions of the center and the South of Tunisia are subjected to an extremely south even dry semi-arid climate. The summer, the temperatures sometimes exceed 40°C, under the warm and dry breath of the Sirocco. Rains appear to November in the form of big showers. It is especially raining on the regions of the North and the peninsula of the Cap Bon. On average, we count between 1000 and 1500 mm in the North and only between 100 and 200 mm in the South.

Environmental and agronomical characteristics

The Great natural zones of Tunisia are: The North crossed by mountain and wooded massifs, separated by wide sprayed plains and fertile. It is this part of the territory that is crossed by rivers. The Center region of steeppes is prolonged in the East by Tunisian Sahel zone of olive groves and the other arboriculture. This part of the territory receives less than 450mm of precipitation a year. Jebel Chaambi which peaks in 1544 m is situated near Kasserine, in the west central region. The South: dry and desert zone. It is bounded in the East as on the West by mountains which peak in 1165 m in the region of Gafsa and which leave place with a zone of sebkhas. The Southwest is the region of oases. The agriculture represents 16% of the GDP and contributes for 9% to the exports of the possessions; she supplies with the work in approximately 22% of the working population. The contribution of the sector of the agriculutre and the peach in the national effort of gr

Low input and organic olive groves

In Tunisia, the plantations of olive-tree cover approximately 1,6 million ha (1/3 of the total farmland).

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Salah Garchi

Institut National de Recherche en Génie Rural, Eaux et Foręts